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  • Delirious Famous Dex At Toad's Place

    Delirious Famous Dex At Toad's Place

    Chicago rapper Famous Dex cranked out a ton of music last year, with several mixtapes, an album and a slew of singles. Dex's tracks have a woozy feel, as if they're coming apart at the seams while you listen. Almost every line is either doubled with another voice answering in staggered offbeat...

  • Free Jazz Pianist Muhal Richard Abrams Brings 70 Years Of Sounds To Wesleyan

    Free Jazz Pianist Muhal Richard Abrams Brings 70 Years Of Sounds To Wesleyan

    Where to start listening to Muhal Richard Abrams, the 86-year-old jazz pianist and composer whose quintet performs at Wesleyan University Feb. 24? Start anywhere. "Levels of Degrees and Light," his 1967 debut as a leader (specifically the 23-minute-long track "The Bird Song"), threads spoken-word...

  • Emotional We The Kings At Webster

    Emotional We The Kings At Webster

    The emotional pop rock of Florida band We The Kings conveys both energy and vulnerability. Youthful flight and urgent romance are some of the themes this band pursues. Singer Travis Clark works heaving sighs into his vocals, even when he's climbing his way to a shout. But it's not all frivolous...

    • Nat Reeves' State Of Emergency To Play At Artists Collective

      Nat Reeves' State Of Emergency To Play At Artists Collective

      Bassist, bandleader and educator Nat Reeves grew up in Virginia, but he's been part of the Hartford jazz scene for decades. Like so many musicians in the area, Reeves had some pivotal experiences playing and working beside alto giant Jackie McLean. Reeves got encouragement from McLean to share...

      • Robert Ellis At Outer Space

        Robert Ellis At Outer Space

        Texas singer/songwriter is that rare artist who hovers somewhere between Paul Simon, Randy Newman and Glen Campbell. (He does a killer cover of Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years" on his 2014 record "The Lights From the Chemical Plant.") There's the slightest touch of Urban Cowboy-ish countripolitanism...

        • New Haven Hosts 'Night Of Firsts' Chamber Opera

          New Haven Hosts 'Night Of Firsts' Chamber Opera

          A concert version of a one-act chamber opera by Igor Stravinsky is part of Orchestra New England's "A Night of Firsts" concert 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at United Church on the Green, at the corner of Temple and Elm streets in downtown New Haven. Stravinsky's "Renard," the playful tale of a deceitful fox...

          • Ambitious River Whyless At Fairfield Theater Company

            Ambitious River Whyless At Fairfield Theater Company

            River Whyless are a hard-touring bunch of Americana troubadours. This Asheville, N.C., quartet has some time off in May, but other than that they'll be playing dates all over the country between now and the summer festival season, for which they'll probably have to kick into overdrive. The band...

            • Trap Music Titan Jeezy At The Dome At Oakdale

              Trap Music Titan Jeezy At The Dome At Oakdale

              Jeezy is one of the pioneers of trap music. Venerate him or blame him, depending on how you feel about the hip-hop subgenre. Born in South Carolina, Jeezy grew up in Atlanta, and he's been connected with rappers like Gucci Mane and T.I., fellow titans from the same city. Jeezy, sometimes known...

              • Irish/Old Time Fusion We Banjo 3 At Wadsworth

                Irish/Old Time Fusion We Banjo 3 At Wadsworth

                The blending of Celtic/Irish and old time/bluegrass/country music is something that's been going on parts of the American South for generations now. The influence of ballad and dance traditions from the British Isles pretty much shaped Appalachian music. The cross-pollination works in both directions....

                • Indie Pop's Wild Child At Ballroom

                  Indie Pop's Wild Child At Ballroom

                  The songwriters behind Austin, Texas, indie pop outfit Wild Child hammered out their first tunes together in the back of the van while they were both touring as part of the backing band for another artist. There's a chamber-pop, musical-theater vibe to some of their songs, but they also have a...

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